RSL aims to bounce back against Revs

Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Real Salt Lake hits the road to tangle
with the New England Revolution on Saturday at Gillette Stadium with RSL
aiming to bounce back from its first defeat of the season.

Salt Lake began the campaign on a five-match unbeaten run, but sustained a 1-0
defeat at Vancouver Whitecaps FC last time out as Darren Mattocks scored 10
minutes from time shortly after RSL’s Sebastian Saucedo was sent off.

The defeat also marked the second straight match for RSL without scoring a
goal, and head coach Jeff Cassar is well aware of what his team must do to
improve in front of the net.

“We have to give [Alvaro Saborio] service. We have to be willing to get
forward and not just take chances, but get ourselves in those positions, and
then when we have the players in the positions, rewarding them with the ball,”
Cassar said of what RSL can do to improve its scoring record. “We did that at
times, but we need to do it more.”

With last season’s leading scorer, Joao Plata, out because of injury, Saborio
is certainly RSL’s top scoring threat. However, he has managed just one goal
in five games, which must improve for RSL to continue collecting points.

Cassar’s attack must improve, but the coach will also be concerned about a
shortage of defenders on Saturday as he will be without his two first-choice
center backs.

Chris Schuler has been ruled out for the next 4-6 weeks after undergoing
surgery to repair a torn meniscus, while Jamison Olave is out through
suspension after receiving a second yellow card in the final minute of the
loss to the Whitecaps.

New England comes into the game on the other end of the spectrum having
extended its unbeaten streak to five games following a 2-1 comeback win at
Philadelphia.

The Revs went down 1-0 to a free kick from Cristian Maidana, but got a huge
boost from substitute Teal Bunbury, who set up the equalizing goal for Charlie
Davies before netting the winner in the 76th.

Davies believes that he and Bunbury have built a good chemistry up top, and
feels as though it could be the start of some big things going forward for New
England.

“We have such a good chemistry going,” Davies said of his relationship with
Bunbury. “He’s a player that can read exactly where I want to be and I think
that kind of happens off the field as well. Our friendship and our bond is so
close and it’s developed into a great friendship. And I think that kind of is
helping our chemistry on the field and it definitely showed on that first
goal.”

Things seem to be coming together nicely for the Revs all over the field as
the club’s unbeaten streak followed back-to-back defeats to start the
campaign.